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Old 05-29-2010, 11:08 AM   #21
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I received both boxes containing Sideshow Darth Vader 1:1 bust (in different days), but finally Vader is assembled. It is a really cool looking bust, quite impressive. And the bust looks quite cool next to the new installed vertical blinds. I'll get a custom cabinet ordered for this and my future collectibles soon, so this is just a temporary display.

I don't really like the Shaw head, mine has a slight lazy eye, but even without the defect, I wouldn't display Vader with no helmet. IMO Darth Vader is that tall angry guy in black armor and heavily breathing under his mask, and not the 3 minutes ROTJ Sebastian Shaw. It is cool to get an extra option, but for people who want the helmet on, what to do with the Shaw head? After I'll try getting a replacement for the Shaw head, I might sell it - there is already a guy on RPF looking for Shaw head. I also sent a message to Sideshow to ask about procedures to replace the Shaw head since I bought it from Toy Palace.

Anyway for this price this bust should have been perfect. It is close, but not perfect. And still it didn't get over my MR AT-AT.












And this is how I'm going to display the bust - with helmet on:






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Old 05-29-2010, 01:36 PM   #22
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Impressive collection !

Nice dedication to Star Wars
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:24 AM   #23
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A short video of this bust - also with images unpacking it, could be helpful for people who just buy the bust and try assembling it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgQBP9NeQ9U


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Impressive collection !

Nice dedication to Star Wars
Thanks Alex.

I'm mostly a Star Wars collector because living in a former communist country before 1990 Star Wars was one of the few things that helped the children in Romania cope with the Soviet regime. I watched SW (ANH) and ESB in cinemas late 70's and early 80's, but Ceausescu (the communist leader) didn't allow ROTJ to be in cinema (emperor being thrown of his throne maybe was a signal for him LOL) and I watched it on a VHS tape at a friend. Star Wars was like a light beacon of freedom for me in my childhood. So that's why Star Wars is different for me compared to most other collectors and also that is why I never got into too many other lines.

Thus coming from a country that was under communist rule for about 40 years, means that it was hard to get into collecting back then. Even after the communist regime fell (1990) it is still hard to get collectibles in Romania for the reasons enumerated below.

Why is hard to be a Romanian collector:

- very few people understand your hobby
- problems with paypal (they ask Eastern Europeans to open US Bank accounts or limit the amount of money one can send through paypal)
- problems with ebay (because of paypal)
- huge shipping quotes because of international transport costs
- 19% VAT tax (soon to be 22% or even 25%)
- customs charges
- problems with people thinking everyone from Eastern Europe is a thief
- foreign stores that don't ship to Romania (Star Wars Shop)
- no sci-fi or comic conventions (we can't even think of a Star Wars convention yet)
- no SW toys or rarely a few SW toys in local stores
- 99% of the trades/buying are happening outside the country
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:15 AM   #24
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A few more pics of Darth Vader life-size bust:







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Old 07-24-2010, 08:51 AM   #25
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Finally my Darth Vader display, not finished yet (still waiting for a couple items to arrive), but you get the idea:


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Old 08-17-2010, 07:36 AM   #26
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Updated photos on the first page.
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:01 AM   #27
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Nice collection!
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:10 AM   #28
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So classy, I hope to one day have a classy/cool set up. Congratulations. A+++++ for the Terminator items.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:45 AM   #29
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So classy, I hope to one day have a classy/cool set up. Congratulations. A+++++ for the Terminator items.
Thanks old friend!
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:24 AM   #30
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